NBA on TNT Live Stream Guide | Watch NBA Games on TNT
NBA on TNT broadcast team from 2008By: Keith Allison
TNT airs two to four NBA games most weeks of the regular season, plus a majority of the NBA Playoffs. We help you watch TNT on NBA games live by providing every cable plan offering TNT (cable, satellite or cord-cutting options) so you can choose the best plan for you. We also provide every option to stream TNT on NBA live online with your phone, tablet, computer or other compatible streaming devices.
NBA on TNT - Thursday Night Doubleheaders
TNT airs back-to-back NBA games most Thursday nights of the regular season, under their 'NBA on TNT' brand. The first game tips off at 7:30pm or 8pm ET. The second game begins two and half hours later.
The night's broadcast begins with the ever popular Inside the NBA studio crew introducing the game until tip-off. The in-game broadcast team takes over until halftime, then the studio hosts recap the half. Each game concludes with a 30-60 minute in-studio postgame show, featuring highlights, commentary and popular recurring segments like Shaqtin' a Fool, Area 21 and the final segment of the show EJ's Neat-O Stat of the Night. Usually the pregame, halftime and postgame show is shot live in the Atlanta studio, other times they air live on location, especially for more popular games.
Game announcer pairings vary any given Thursday night, though Marv Albert is the lead play-by-play and usually calls the most high profile game of the doubleheader evening.
Inside the NBA with Ernie, Barkley, Kenny and Shaq is must watch TV unto itself; drawing lots of attention and praise for their chemistry, banter and outrageous comments, usually from the most outspoken of the bunch, Mr. Charles Barkley. Inside the NBA has won multiple Emmys, as have Charles and Ernie for their roles as analyst and host.
Thursday Night Studio Team
Ernie Johnson Jr.
Thursday Night Broadcast Team
Watch & Stream NBA on TNT
All NBA on TNT games airing on Thursday night, Tuesday night and on through the NBA Playoffs can be watched live on TV through a number of cable TV providers, provided in the table just below this section. You can also live stream all NBA on TNT games from the Watch TNT website and the TNT app.
The Watch TNT link works on any desktop or laptop browser, and the TNT app is available on Apple, Android and Amazon devices, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, XBOX, androidtv, Roku and FireTV. *Authentication is required for live stream access.
*Flex Scheduling of NBA Games on TNT
Every broadcaster, including TNT has the ability to flex schedule - meaning they can change out games airing on their station for better match-ups with more national intrigue, at any point during the season. TNT has to give at least two week's notice if they decide to do this, but the final week of the season it shrinks to just one week, so they can air games with playoff implications. Our site always has the most up-to-date schedules.
Flex scheduling doesn't happen too often as it's difficult for networks to coordinate between multiple time zones and changing travel plans for talent and crew on short notice. Plus TV deals are already set well in advance and teams have a max number of times they can appear on any given sports network. And of course last minute changes for ticket sales. But be sure to check schedules within two weeks of a game airing to ensure it didn't get bumped for what TNT considers a more marketable game. It will happen at least a few times every season.
TV Providers that carry TNT (ordered by price)
NBA on TNT - Tuesday Night Doubleheaders
TNT airs back-to-back NBA games Tuesday nights on their 'NBA on TNT' program, beginning late January of the regular season. The doubleheader begins at 7:30pm or 8pm ET, and the second game starts exactly two and half hours later.
The NBA on TNT broadcast begins with the studio crew getting you ready for the night's action until tip-off where they hand off coverage to the in-game broadcasters, which rotate in pairs on even Tuesday night. The studio hosts bring you a halftime show and a 30-60 minute postgame show, directly following each game.
The Inside the NBA studio crew has a different look and feel on Tuesday nights; the show on this night is revamped to center around social media interaction with fans, emphasizing 'culture' and 'style'. NBA great Dwyane Wade and host Adam Lefkoe (also the Bleacher Report host, both shows owned by AT&T) have a lot of experience engaging fans on social media, as does Candance and of course Shaq, who is the only constant in studio both Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Tuesday Night Studio Team
Tuesday Night Broadcast Team
Play by Play
Stan Van Gundy
NBA on TNT Playoff Coverage - 40 Games in 40 Nights
TNT airs so many games during the NBA Playoffs they earned the nickname of '40 Games in 40 Nights' for their coverage. That doesn't mean they literally air one playoff game a night for 40 straight nights. It just means they air close to 40 NBA Playoff games over the span of roughly 40 days, give or take how many series go to seven games.
They air games from Sunday to Thursday nights during the first round of the playoffs, with the occasional Saturday game. During the second round it changes to a Sunday to Wednesday evening window.
TNT has exclusive rights to all the games they broadcast during the second round but regional channels can air games locally that broadcast on NBA on TNT during the first round.
When it comes to the conference finals, TNT and ESPN split coverage; TNT handles the broadcast for Eastern Conference Finals games on odd-numbered years and the Western Conference Finals in years ending with even numbers. Vice versa for ESPN. Neither network gets the Finals though, that's all ABC.
Watch NBA Playoffs for Free with TNT Overtime
Cord-cutters have a reliable way to watch many TNT produced NBA Playoff games for free - TNT Overtime. This online-only feed is completely free to access, with no need to login or subscribe. But the feed isn't the normal TNT broadcast; its what they call a 'second-screen site' that gives viewers 'enhanced coverage' of the game. Not every TNT playoff game makes it onto TNT Overtime, but roughly half of them do. Even if you aren't a cord-cutter, strongly consider this in addition to your normal TNT cable watching experience.
You get to select between four different camera angles, all live: two Player Cams (of players voted on by fans beforehand), an Action Cam that gives court-level views or watch the game from the Backboard Cam view, for close-up action of dunks and blocked shots. All feeds come with game-in commentary and ability to interact with NBA fans through integrated Twitter feeds.
If you can't decide between the four views, watch them all at the same time with split screen. You can watch TNT Overtime live for free from your computer, phone or tablet.
|Watch Link||App||How to watch TNT Overtime|
|NBA.com||NBA app||Select 'Watch' on any live playoff game tracker that says 'TNTOT'|
NBA All-Star Weekend on TNT
Beyond regular season games and the NBA Playoffs, NBA on TNT also airs NBA All-Star Weekend events. The only event they don't cover is the Celebrity All-Star Game; that airs on ESPN.
NBA on TNT gets all else: the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest, the Slam Dunk Contest, the Rising Stars Challenge and the main NBA All Star Game.
The weekend kicks off with the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Saturday night the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Contest air, in that order, all back-to-back during the same broadcast. And the weekend concludes with the NBA All Star Game on Sunday evening.